Category: Capitol Ideas

Organizers deem first lake paddle-boat race a success
Organizers deem first lake paddle-boat race a success

Organizers deem first lake paddle-boat race a success

Paddleboatracers7217 Marion County Park and Lake was the scene of paddle boat racing Saturday with organizers considering the event an overwhelming success. Maggie and Robert Nichols, co-coordinators, said they were expecting maybe five paddle boats total, but when nine teams of two registered, they were pleased. “This year,” Nichols said, “we just wanted to get the event off the ground. […]

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What’s the best option for state’s new tax law?

This may be my last column for the session. Sine Die was Friday, June 1, and the session is officially over. However, if maps that redistrict the Kansas House and Senate, Congress and the state school board are not set by the time you read this, Kansas may have to extend the filing deadline for candidates, as well as possibly […]

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Loss of colleague means loss of wonderful friend

It is with great sadness that I write of my good friend and fellow legislator, Bob Bethell, who died in a car wreck Sunday evening, May 20, on his way home after the close of the legislative session. His funeral was Thursday. Bob was a resident of Alden in Rice County. He had worked through the years as, among other […]

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No point in belaboring ‘tax bill’ for time being

What a week! We started May 14 and finally put the 2012 legislative session to bed Sunday the 20th at 6:42 p.m. Yup, Sunday. Here’s a huge thank-you to my wife, Anita, and to Suzanne Thole for leading the choir in my absence. “That tax bill” I referred to in last week’s column is found in HB 2117 and is […]

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District maps, final budget still unsettled matters

Days 86 through 90 of the session flew by, with little good accomplished. We’re now on overload. Consti­tu­tionally, we meet for 90 days, but a resolution was passed earlier to give us through May 31. I hope we don’t take that long. The story is we could be back home Wednesday, May 16. Don’t count on it. Well, the House […]

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Tax plan will lead state to cliff’s edge

The income tax reduction plan is now modified, and there are now more details than when I wrote in last week’s column. First, the tax rates: The reduction is the same as reported last week, but it will take until 2017 for the top tax rate to drop from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent, thus delaying the cliff we will […]

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Deal on income-tax proposal highlights Legislature’s return

Legislators landed back in Topeka Wednesday, April 25, and we’re now in the throes of the veto session, which will end by May 11. While few things have happened, there was one huge announcement: On Thursday, the joint conference committee on taxation announced a “deal” on its income tax proposals. Of the six members on the conference committee, four agree […]

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Letters (April. 25, 2012)

Speak out against Atmos rate hikes In regard to the Notice of Public Hearing that Atmos wants to raise rates (Free Press, (April 11 and 18), I hope everyone sits up and takes notice. In the fourth paragraph, it states they want to raise residential customers’ rates by 21.7 percent! This is outrageous and we all need to stand up […]

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‘Big items’ still require attention by the House

As you know, we have yet to send any big items to the governor for signing: No budget; no tax bill impacting real estate or income tax; no reapportionment map for the House, or Senate, or Congress, and we haven’t sent him a KPERS fix. We haven’t made any changes in the school finance formula, nor have we passed a […]

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House kills bills on private schools, amendment

Here are some more matters we’ve considered this legislative session: • HB 2767 proposed to create a “scholarship” system so at-risk children can attend private schools and adults get an income tax credit for paying their tuition. Private schools have long contributed to the fabric of education in Kansas, and some families opt to send their children to them, but […]

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